Tuesday, April 28

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 15, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the blog post that was due on Monday — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Monday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. On Monday I focused on replying to all the new stories that were turned in, along with any revision assignments turned in on Friday or Saturday; today I will be working on the revision assignments that people turned in on Sunday and Monday!

Week 15 schedule. (repeat announcement) The schedule for Week 15 is compressed because of finals. Instead of lasting for the whole week and the weekend, Week 15 will end at NOON on FRIDAY, May 1. All the Week 15 assignments are available at this time, so there's no reason to wait. I hope you will finish the class soon, instead of waiting for a last-minute deadline.

Finishing the class. (repeat announcement) For those of you have not finished the class yet, you should have a plan in place for the assignments that you will complete in order to get the points you need. As you reach the points you need for your final grade in this class — 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B, 320 points for a C — let me know, and I'll record the letter grade for you there in the Desire2Learn Gradebook.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Thesaurus Saurus. You've heard of brontosaurus, stegosaurus, and tyrannosaurus... and now meet thesaurus saurus:

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian words in English is LEMON and LIME, which both come to English from Sanskrit via Arabic and Persian. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Delays and Layovers: Trials of Travel. You've probably been the victim of airline delays, forced to spend some time — hours and hours of time — in an airport somewhere. In this Storybook, some hapless international travelers take advantage of the time to share stories on the topic of travel from all over the world.

FREE eBook: Italian Popular Tales by Thomas F. Crane. This blog post provides additional information about the wonderful stories in this book. My favorite is "The Story of Catherine and Her Fate."

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don't sell the bearskin before the bear is caught (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is kind of like calculating your GPA before you've had your exams. :-)

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Damayanti's Swayamvara. As you can see, even the gods have disguised themselves as Nala.

Tuesday Event on Campus: The OU Cousins BBQ and Western Party will take place this evening, with buses departing the northeast corner of Lloyd Noble Center and Couch Cafeteria at 5PM going to the Whinery Ranch for free BBQ, music and dancing (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.